Frequently Asked Questions
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The Assessed Value of a property is 50% of the estimated “true cash value” that a property potentially will sell for in the open market without any special conditions. The Taxable Value is used for the calculation of property taxes. The millages voted in by local taxpayers are spread over the Taxable Value to determine a tax obligation by the taxpayer. Taxes are used to pay for services and schools within the local and county area. For the specific calculations, you should discuss this with your local Assessor or Treasurer.
Who? A certified Assessor for Fenton Township is to assess all property in the township at its estimated fair market value.
What? The market value of your property is the probable price that it would sell for in an arm’s length transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller. Market value, in Michigan, is defined as “true cash value”. Market value changes from one year to the next.
As of December 31st each year, Tax
Day, the Assessor is required by Michigan State Law to assess
at 50% of true cash value all assessable property within Fenton Township.
This includes homes, commercial properties, industrial properties, agricultural
properties, vacant land, and personal property used to operate business.
After gathering pertinent information, such as sales, construction costs,
rental incomes, operating expenses, and interest rates, the Assessor
determines a property value in three different ways.
Since assessments must be set by market value, changing real estate values in the community will be reflected in assessments. Market value is a product of the prices paid for property. As prices increase or decrease, so does market value. Property owners have a responsibility to report any changes to the Assessor on their home or property that would affect value. Our building department does notify us of any building permits issued. If you plan to make changes or demo a house, contact our office.
You may go to our website or call our assessing office @ 810-629-3445. Be sure to have an owner’s last name, or a street number/address, or a parcel number available to assist the staff in identifying the information you need.
An applicant shall file all of the following
with the Township Assessor or other official designated by the Fenton
Township Board, for review and approval of a proposed land division,
or combination before making any division either by deed, land contract,
lease for more than one year, or for building development. (Application
found on Assessing Department’s Form
When combining or dividing land, the existing “parent parcel number” will be retired, and a new “child” number will be issued for the effective year of the land division or combination.
Yes, flood plain maps are available for viewing purposes. We are not experts in the Flood Hazard Areas. The maps are for Flood Insurance purposes. To determine if Flood Insurance is available in this community, contact your insurance agent, or call the National Flood Insurance Program at (800) 638-6620 or (800) 424-8872.
Current and delinquent taxes can be obtained from the local (810-629-1537), or county (810-257-3054) treasurer’s office. Yes, under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) you can also request your neighbor’s taxes. (You can link to the Genesee County Website & County Treasurer’s Office on the Link Section of the Assessing Department.)
First, if your opinion of the value of your property differs from the Assessor’s, come to our office and discuss the matter. We are here to listen and help you. Second, after receiving your February Assessment notice, go to the March Board of Review the 2nd Monday in March at the Fenton Township Civic Community Center to exercise your right of appeal. Be sure to support your opinion of value with a list of recent sales in the local area, provide pictures showing the condition and depreciation of your home, or bring a recent appraisal of comparable homes with similar size, story height, lot size, square footage, amenities, and the same school district. If denied by the March Board of Review, petition to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in writing by June 30th. The mailing address is: Michigan Tax Tribunal, P.O. Box 30232, Lansing, MI 48909.
There are three school districts in Fenton Township. Lake Fenton Schools, Fenton Schools, and Linden Schools. The millage rates for each school district can be found on the Assessing Department’s Information Section.
Whenever real estate or some types of personal property are transferred from one owner to another, this form must be filed. It is used by the Assessor to ensure the property is assessed properly and receives the correct taxable value. It must be filed by the new owner with the Assessor for the city or township where the property is located within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not filed timely, a penalty of $5/day (maximum $200) applies. This form is issued under Authority of P.A. 415 of 1994, and filing is mandatory. (The Property Transfer Affidavit can be found on the Assessing Department’s Form Section.)
If you own and occupy your home as a principal residence, it may be exempt from a portion of your local school operating taxes. A Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit issued under Authority of P.A. 237 of 1994 (available under the Forms Section of the Assessing Department) must be completed and filed with your township or city by May 1st. Owning means you hold the legal title, or you are currently buying it on a recorded land contract. (Renters should not file this form.) Occupying means your principal residence is the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. It is the address that appears on your Driver License or Voter Registration Card. Your children should attend school from this address, and your State Income Tax Form is received there. A Farmland Exemption or Agricultural Use Homestead is for property classified agricultural by the Assessor. To qualify, Contact the local Assessor for an explanation of details and request a copy of Form 2599. (The Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit can be found on the Assessing Department’s Form Section.)
By filing a Request to Rescind Form, issued under Authority
of P.A. 237 of 1994, enables people who are selling or converting
their home to another use to rescind their exemption. It also enables
people to change the percentage that they occupy as their principal
residence, or to remove an exemption they had been receiving erroneously.
(The Rescind/Withdraw Form with instructions is available on
the Assessing Department’s Form
Building & Ordinance FAQ's
Building permits are charged by the square foot. .40 cents per square foot on residential construction, and .30 cents per square foot on accessory buildings (attached & detached garages, sheds over 200 square feet, or pole buildings). Residential remodeling and alteration permits are $50.00. All permits require a bond to be posted at the time the permit is issued. Residential new construction and additions require a $350.00 bond, and all accessory buildings require a $250.00 bond. These bonds are refunded within 30 days of a final approved inspection by the building official. Call our office for further questions regarding this matter.
Once you have submitted your completed building permit application, plan review process is usually complete and the permit is ready for pick up within 5-7 business days, with the exception of holidays.
It depends on the type of structure you are building and what zoning district your property is located in. Call the Building/Zoning Department for further information.
No. Building permits are not required for replacing a roof, windows, or siding. Only when you are changing the actual structure such as roof pitch, trusses, or window and/or door way size. Call the Building Department if ever in doubt.
No, it is not permissible for anyone to live in a newly constructed home that has not been completed and inspected. A final certificate of occupancy must be obtained before anyone may move in or stay overnight.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has a web page where you can download these permits. Click here to go to that page.
Yes, we keep extra copies on hand for that reason. Call the office for pricing.
Call the office and ask for the Ordinance Enforcement Department. Our Ordinance Enforcement Department will assist you in filing a complaint.
Our Dog Control Ordinance No. 253 prohibits dogs running at large. And owning, keeping, or having charge of a barking dog is prohibited in Fenton Township. A copy of this Ordinance can be obtained on this website.
Blight can be anything from old tires lying around, to broken out windows in a home, to rubbish that has sat out for pick-up too long. A copy of the Blight Elimination Ordinance No. 508 can be obtained on this website.
This is considered a property line dispute and is a private civil matter. The Township cannot get involved in private civil matters. You will need to contact a lawyer.
Door-to-door sales/solicitations are permitted in Fenton Township under certain conditions. In general, commercial enterprises may only conduct door-to-door sales if they have been issued a permit to do so by Fenton Township. Schools, charitable organizations, churches and religious organizations are exempt from the permit requirement. Any other commercial solicitation would be a violation of Ordinance No. 707. (Click here to download a copy of Ordinance No. 707).
Wetlands are regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality. Go to: www.michigan.gov/deq or call the Department of Environmental Quality Assistance Center 1-800-662-9278.
Yes, but these permits are pulled through the Department
of Environmental Quality. You can download their permit application
or contact our office for a copy of an application.
Expenses (A/P Invoice) will be submitted for approval at every regular scheduled Township Board Meeting.
Board Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month.
Meeting dates may change due to holidays and/or scheduling conflicts.
You can call to request a payoff report on a specific property, the information will be researched and ready the following business day.
-Payoff reports can be picked up by phone daily between 11:00-12:00.
In order to process this payoff report you must have one or more of the following:
Information included on the payoff report:
Planning & Zoning FAQ's
A zoning text amendment changes the language of the Zoning Ordinance.
Text amendments may be required to clarify the language of the Zoning Ordinance, add new zoning techniques, add new uses to zoning districts, bring standards up to date, implement a change in procedure, or other reasons. A text amendment can be initiated by a resident of the Township by petition or by application and payment of a fee, or by resolution by the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals or Township Board.
Text amendments are reviewed by the planning commission at a public hearing. Amendments are adopted by the Township Board, after considering the Planning Commission recommendation.
When considering amendments to the Zoning Ordinance text the Planning Commission must find:
A rezoning is a change in the zoning district classification of a specific geographic area on the zoning map.
A rezoning request can be initiated by the landowner, Township Board, Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals to accommodate a different land use than is permitted in that district.
Rezonings are reviewed by the Planning Commission at a public hearing, following which they make a recommendation on the amendment. Amendments are adopted by the Township Board, after considering the Planning Commission recommendation, public hearing comments and approval standards.
The Township Planning Commission and Township Board must find one of the following (see Section 14.02):
Site plan review procedures provide an opportunity for the Planning Commission to review the proposed use of a site in relation to drainage, pedestrian and vehicle circulation, off-street parking, structural relationship, public utilities, landscaping, accessibility and other site design elements which may have an adverse effect upon the public health, safety, morals and general welfare as well as to provide for the interest of the property owner.
Site plans are required for any of the following:
Information required on a site plan is listed in Section 8.03. The applicant is required to complete and submit a Site Plan Review Checklist as part of the application.
The Planning Commission is authorized to review all site plans, including site plans submitted as a part of a special use permit application, except those special use permits which are approved administratively. The Planning Commission is authorized to approve, disapprove or approve the site plan with conditions.
The site plan review process is intended to allow the Township the opportunity to review a proposed development prior to its construction, to determine compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance.
All approved site plans shall comply with the appropriate zoning district regulations, parking requirements, general provisions and other requirements of this Ordinance as they apply to the proposed site plan. In addition, each site plan shall comply with the general requirements listed in Section 8.03 of the ordinance.
The Planning Commission may place conditions on approval of a site plan when such conditions:
In the interest of insuring compliance with the Zoning Ordinance provisions, the Planning Commission of Zoning Administrator (depending on who approved the site plan) may require the applicant to deposit a performance guarantee. The purpose of the performance guarantee is to ensure completion of improvements connects with the proposed use as required by this Ordinance, including but not limited to roadways, lighting, utilities, sidewalks, drainage, fences, screens, walls, landscaping, and widening strips.
All work conducted related to a project with an approved site plan shall be in conformance to that site plan. Any amendment to an approved site plan shall require the site plan to be resubmitted to the Planning Commission and go through the entire review process again, starting with the preliminary review, with the exception of minor changes as determined by the Zoning Administrator, as long as the change does not result in:
Minor changes shall require written notice to the Planning Commission and a notation added to the record of the decision.
A building permit for a project approved by site plan approval shall be filed with the Township Building Inspector within two (2) year from the date of approval of the site plan and completed within two (2) years from the date that the building permit was filed with the Building Inspector. The Planning Commission may grant approval for more than two (2) years in the case of large or multi-phased development, but nor more than five (5) years. The Zoning Administrator may grant one (1) extension for an additional one (1) year if the applicant can demonstrate that suitable, continual progress has been made on the project.
Uses are permitted either ‘by right’ or by ‘special use permit’. A special use is a use which may be appropriate in the district in which it is permitted, but has certain characteristics which must be managed to protect the integrity of uses permitted by right in that district. For this reason, applications for special use permit must also go through Site Plan Review.
Special use permit approval is required for all uses listed as special use in the District Regulations Article 3 of the Zoning Ordinance.
Special use permits are reviewed and approved by the Township Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission reviews the particular circumstances of the special use request under consideration in terms of the following standards, as well as applicable standards established elsewhere in this Ordinance. The Planning Commission shall find that a proposed use shall:
At this time there is no municipal water system in Fenton Township.
If you own vacant property in Fenton Township or currently have a septic system and wish to connect to the sanitary sewer system please contact the Sewer Department to check if these services are available to your property.
Any property that is within 250 ft. of the Township sewer system must connect to sanitary sewer. When sanitary sewer becomes available to existing residences they are not required to connect until such time as their existing septic system fails.
A sewer lead that goes from the Fenton Township sanitary sewer
line to your residence or business.
At this time a connection permit is $ 7,600.00 for a direct connection and $6,000.00 for an indirect connection.
An example of a direct connection would be an individual home connecting directly to an existing Township sewer line. An indirect connection would be an individual home connecting to a sewer system constructed specifically for their subdivision or development, which ultimately connects to existing Township sewer lines.
Only contractors who are registered with the Township can install sewer lead connections. A list of those contractors is available at the Township office.
Township staff will review as-builts to assist you in locating your sanitary sewer lead.
Your well must be located 10 ft. from your gravity sanitary sewer lead.
Fenton Township maintenance workers must be able to access the manhole for review and/or repair.
You may cover the manhole with wood chips, lightly cover with gravel or place a light flowerpot on top but the manhole must remain accessible. If the manhole has been raised or has been established as above grade and you cover it you will be charged for the maintenance crew to uncover the manhole.
Stop running water in your home at once. Immediately call the Township office (810-629-1537) during business hours or the emergency number (810-767-2040) at night, holidays or weekends. You may also want to call a sewer cleaning firm as soon as possible.
If it is determined the Township is responsible for the back up because the main gravity sanitary sewer line is blocked the Township will pay for all expenses incurred. If the back up is due to a blockage in your sewer lead the homeowner is responsible for all cost incurred.
No, Public Act 222 prohibits any sump pumps from being connected to the sanitary sewer.
No, you may not connect any storm water to the sanitary sewer system.
Storm water mixed with sanitary sewage must be treated at the treatment plant therefore placing an additional burden on the entire system. Further storm water in sanitary sewer line overtaxes the lines themselves eventually leading to the necessity and expense of upgrading pipe size.
Only authorized Fenton Township employees or their contractors
may open manholes. Inflow protectors have been installed in all manholes
to keep storm water out of the system and they must not be disturbed.
Yes. In addition to accepting payment by check or cash, Fenton Township also accepts debit/credit card payments through an online payment service. A link is on the home page of Fenton Township’s website.
Summer taxes should be received in early July of each year. The summer taxes are due by September 14th each year. After September 14th interest of 1% will be added to your tax bill each month until paid.
Winter taxes should be received in early December. Special assessments are usually placed on the winter taxes. Winter taxes are due by February 28th. Beginning March 1st interest of 1% and 4% penalty will be added to your tax bill.
The last day of February. Any unpaid taxes after that day are turned over to the county as delinquent. The Genesee County Treasurer's Office telephone number is (810) 257-3054.
No. If you decide to pay your own taxes or if your escrow mortgage company or bank changes, you need to forward your tax bill to them. Twice a year we send mortgage companies tax bills and that is only when they are requested. If you have an escrow account and receive your bill, you will need to forward that bill on to them.
Yes, it is located on the right side of the front door of the township.
Yes. As unfair as some may think that is, the law clearly states the property owner is responsible even if they didn't get a bill. If you pay your own taxes, remember July and December time frames.
You should receive a white mailer. If you pay in person, bring the bill with you. If you pay by mail, send only the top portion. You will receive a stamped paid green for summer and pink for winter paid receipt.
No. We do not have that service available.
Yes. It is possible to defer summer tax payment until February 28 if the owner meets age, disability and or income guidelines. You must fill out an application in our office no later than September 14.
Every attempt is made to make sure property owners receive their bill. Any returned bills are researched and hopefully sent out to the right address. Please contact our office if you don't receive a bill in early July or early December. Sometimes mortgage companies request bills in error. Selling of a house in November or June could result in the seller receiving the tax bill and not forwarding it. Also, refinancing can cause the incorrect mortgage company to receive a bill. This happens when an account is closed and reopened with a new institution.
Yes, up to 7 days after the due date. Any payments received beyond that point will be returned to sender. Payment will have to be at the Genesee County Treasurer's Office with penalty and interest.
You should contact the Assessing office with those requests for tax changes. Each requires a form filled out and return to the Assessing department.
You have until the next business day to pay. For example, if summer taxes are due September 14 and that day falls on Saturday or Sunday, you could pay the next Monday without having to pay penalties.
Many mortgage/escrow companies use tax service companies. These companies sometime hold payments and combine them with others before sending to the Treasurer.
No. It is their responsibility to make payment from your account and should not charge you if the late payment is due to their oversight.